Elucidating the role of protein kinase C in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Michie, A.M. and Nakagawa, R. (2006) Elucidating the role of protein kinase C in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Hematological Oncology, 24(3), pp. 134-138. (doi: 10.1002/hon.789)

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While advances have been made in the clinical treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in recent years, it is still an incurable disease and therefore the identification of novel drug therapies is of paramount importance. Understanding the molecular mechanisms that govern the survival of CLL cells is fundamental in achieving this goal. A number of studies indicate that protein kinase C (PKC)- and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)-mediated signalling pathways are central to CLL cell survival, and as such PKC has gained renewed interest as a potential drug target in CLL. This may be because it represents a closely-related family of ten protein kinases, which due to the redundancy that exists between isoforms offers an opportunity for the design of isoform specific inhibitors drugs that target leukaemic cells whilst showing reduced toxicity for normal cells. Indeed, PKC signalling pathways have already been considered as targets for specific anticancer drugs [1-3]. Therefore, this short review will focus on the effect of modulating PKC activity in CLL cells and explore whether targeting PKCs could represent a valid therapy for this leukaemia.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Michie, Professor Alison
Authors: Michie, A.M., and Nakagawa, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:Hematological Oncology

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